Travel / Tourism

Hotel Show Colombo 2018: Celebrating its 20th anniversary, ‘future of hospitality today’

Views - 64 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

The 13th edition of the Hotel Show Colombo 2018, organised by the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) together

Sri Lanka Tourism shines in Korea, wins Best Performance Award at KOTFA 2018

Views - 45 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Republic of Korea in association with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau organised

Sri Lanka Tourism roadshows in Poland

Views - 40 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), in association with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Poland, organised Sri Lanka

Oman Air receives third new Boeing 737 Max 8

Views - 25 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has taken delivery of the third of 30 Boeing 737 Max 8s it has on order on Wednesday 13 June. The 737 MAX family has been designed to offer customers exceptional performance, flexibility and ef

SLTDA launches training program for tuk drivers and homestay operators in Ella

Views - 45 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) held an awareness and yraining program for tuk tuk drivers and home stay/bungalow operators in Ella recently. Around 120 tuk tuk drivers and 87 home stay operators took part in the meeting held at

Legendary disco group Boney M stays at Galle Face Hotel

Views - 86 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Regarded as one of the best and oldest hotels this side of the Suez, the Galle Face Hotel is one of Colombo’s most iconic institutions. For over 150 years

THASL hosts Hospitality Conclave

Views - 56 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Shangri-La Hotel recently held the ‘Hospitality Conclave’.

AccorHotels to expand Pullman brand to Singapore

Views - 31 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

AccorHotels and EL Development, a Singapore-based property developer, will open a new-build five-star Pullman hotel on a prime site on Hill Street, in the civic and cultural heart of the city.

Anantara Mai Khao opens Phuket’s first Jim Thompson Silk inspired Villa

Views - 24 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

The finest textiles from the famed Jim Thompson collection play an important role in enhancing the luxury of the two-bedroom villa now available at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas.

Minor Hotels Group to expand Tivoli brand to Évora, Portugal

Views - 15 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Tivoli Hotels & Resorts is to expand its rapidly growing brand to the Alentejo region of Portugal in the historic city of Évora.

FIFA World Cup to give hotels in Moscow 20-30% growth in RevPAR

Views - 40 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

According to the latest market forecast from STR and Tourism Economics, Moscow’s hotel industry is projected to see RevPAR growth in the range of 20% and 30% during June and July 2018. A RevPAR increase in that range would be less than the growth r

Qatar Airways launches flights to Bodrum, Turkey

Views - 15 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways has launched non-stop flights between Doha and Bodrum, Turkey. The flights to Milas-Bodrum Airport mark the airline’s sixth gateway in Turkey and third new Turkish route in just nine months. Qatar Airways’ twice-weekly flights to Mi

Tourism industry can be strong by benchmarking apparel and tea

Views - 177 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

The flagship project Sancharaka Udawa of the Sri Lanka Inbound Tour Operators Organisation (SLITO) education staged at BMICH saw some key personalities addressing the industry on the key challenges faced by the industry. Dr. Rohantha Athukorala addre

Loan scheme for homestay operators to upgrade facilities 

Views - 86 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) announced the launch of a loan scheme for homestay operators across the country, in line with the Budget proposals for this year.

Avani Bentota Resort & Spa appoints General Manager

Views - 62 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Avani Bentota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka is delighted to announce the appointment of Urs Platz as the hotel’s new General Manager.

Jetwing Hotels bags 18 Tripadvisor Certificates of Excellence

Views - 49 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Jetwing Hotels, the largest resort brand in the island has once again received Certificates of Excellence from the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor.

Kuwait Airways introduces amazing holiday packages to explore Kuwait

Views - 44 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:26

Kuwait Airways, the national carrier of Kuwait, whose presence in Sri Lanka spans over four decades, has this week achieved yet another milestone and added a new chapter to its long history in the country when Kuwait Airways Colombo introduced “Kuw

Football tourism scores in FIFA World Cup in Russia

Views - 318 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:24

Russia is experiencing a sports tourism boom as soccer fans flood in to support their teams competing in the Football World Cup. According to the latest figures from ForwardKeys, which predicts future travel patterns by analysing 17 million booking

Ceylon City Hotel, Colombo wins 2018 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence award

Views - 61 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Ceylon City Hotel, Colombo yesterday announced that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Now in its eighth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Cer

‘Room Stylist Competition’ at Hotel Show to enhance guest experience, benchmark industry standards

Views - 54 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the forthcoming ‘Hotel Show Colombo 2018’ organised by the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) together with its professional event partner CDC Events will be held from 20-22 July at the BMICH. As

The Kingsbury brings regal indulgence and comforts

Views - 43 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Hailed as one of Colombo’s finest five-star hotels, and located between Galle Face Green, the World Trade Centre and the Dutch Hospital Precinct, The Kingsbury Colombo is an ode to the golden age of grace and elegance. There are 229 rooms in this r

John asks tourism industry to focus more on rural areas than city

Views - 98 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte There are plans to move hotels and hospitality institutes to outstations, Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga said this week addressing a gathering at the Sri Lanka Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) Graduation Ceremon

F-Airways unveils breathtaking beauty of sapphire isle

Views - 111 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:48

We Sri Lankans are blessed to have a landscape that takes us from misty mountains and lush valleys to sun-kissed beaches within a day. However, getting there by road still continues to be a hassle in terms of time consumed and facilities on the way.

Incentive travel gathers momentum at IMEX Frankfurt for SLCB

Views - 67 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:48

Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB) which is the sole government body to promote MICE tourism to Sri Lanka took part in the biggest MICE trade fair in Europe, IMEX Frankfurt 2018 in May in Germany to entice the upscale clients in to the country and th

Tourism industry veteran Prema Cooray to address CPM EFM Program

Views - 63 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:47

Corporate leader Prema Cooray is to address the 11th presentation of CPM Evening For Managers (EFM) under the topic of ‘Transforming a business to achieve sustainable growth’ on 20 June, at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Th

Colombo Court recommits to the planet on World Environment Day

Views - 24 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:47

Colombo Court Hotel & Spa, Asia’s first CarbonNeutral hotel, renewed its commitment on the fight against Climate Change for a fifth consecutive year on World Environment Day – a UN global initiative to raise awareness and instill action for the p

ONYX Group appoints Russell Cool as Area General Manager in Sri Lanka

Views - 55 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:44

Thailand-based ONYX Group has appointed Russell Cool as Area General Manager for all ONYX properties in Sri Lanka. Cool will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of ONYX Hospitality Group’s Sri Lanka portfolio of hotels and will provide strat

Elephant Reach Hotel Yala to refurbish with Rs. 30 m

Views - 68 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

Elephant Reach Hotel Yala in Kirinda will invest over Rs. 30 million to add more rooms and refurbish the property. The hotel since its inception in March 2006 has been a preferred destination for local and foreign travellers and due to the increase i

Ebert Silva Holidays promotes luxury Buddhist pilgrimages in July

Views - 40 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

Ebert Silva Holidays is promoting ‘Sambuddha Vandana’ the unique pilgrimage packages to Buddhists around the world to follow the footsteps of the Buddha in India and Nepal in safety and comfort in the season starting July 2018. This spiritual jo

Wild and free: Nature Trails Bengali tiger safari in India

Views - 29 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

This May, Nature Trails, the award-winning eco-tourism division of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts completed its fourth consecutive year of conducting tiger safaris in India. Three tours were conducted in partnership with HSBC Premier, giving 24 wildlife e

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Great ‘Gamperaliya’: A great novel made into a great film by a great director

Saturday, 23 June 2018

‘Gamperaliya’ (Changes in the Village/Changement au Village) was the third feature film made by ace director Lester James Peries. It was released on 20 December 1963.The film was based on the famous novel of the same name written by the doyen of

Thushani takes Todos to new heights

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Thushani Rodrigo has always amazed me. From the very first day I met her, I have been in awe of her strength, courage and grace and constantly impressed by her creativity. The discipline and commitment she brings to her work, her farsightedness and h

Confusion in Maldivian opposition is to Yameen’s advantage

Saturday, 23 June 2018

The ongoing confusion in the ranks of the Maldivian opposition, barely three months before the presidential election, works to the advantage of the incumbent President and candidate of the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), Abdulla Yameen.

Implications of inward FDI on China: Lessons to be learnt

Saturday, 23 June 2018

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